Far-right Meloni set to become Italy’s first woman PM
Far-right leader Giorgia Meloni was set to be named Italian prime minister on Friday after her party’s historic election win, becoming the first woman to head a government in Italy.
Her post-fascist Brothers of Italy party — Eurosceptic and anti-immigration — won September 25 legislative polls but needs outside support to form a government.
Following two days of cross-party talks, the 45-year-old from Rome is now all but certain to be asked to form a government and become the country’s first woman prime minister.
“We are ready to give Italy a government which will face the emergencies and the challenges of our time with awareness and competence,” Meloni tweeted late Thursday.
Her Brothers of Italy party won 26 percent of the vote last month, compared to eight and nine percent respectively for her allies Forza Italia and the far-right League.
Her appointment would be a historic change for the eurozone’s third-largest economy and for Brothers of Italy, which has never been in government.